Senior Citizens

Senior citizens must apply to the college and be admitted as all other students.

There are three ways to apply to Virginia Western:

  • Review instructions and apply online.
  • Download the VWCC Application in PDF format. Return the completed application to the Virginia Western Admissions Office in Chapman Hall Rm 108, by fax at 540-857-6163 or by mail at:

    Admissions Office
    Virginia Western Community College
    P.O. Box 14007
    Roanoke, VA 24038
  • Request a mailed application by contacting the Virginia Western Admissions Office at 540-857-7231.

You may also download the Application for In-State Tuition in PDF format.

Persons who have attended Virginia Western within the last three years or applied to Virginia Western within the last year are not required to complete a new Application for Admission.

Under the Virginia Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974, amended in 1976, 1977, 1982, and 1988, anyone who is 60 years of age or older, who is a legal domiciliary of Virginia, and whose Virginia taxable income does not exceed $15,000 is eligible to enroll in credit courses for academic credit at the college.

Senior citizens may register for and audit courses offered for academic credit, or for courses offered as non-credit.

Senior citizens pay no tuition but are responsible for service fees, course materials and laboratory fees.

Senior citizens registering under the provisions of this act must register in the college's Admissions Office. In addition, they may register only after tuition-paying students are accommodated except when the senior citizen has completed 75 percent of their degree requirements at Virginia Western.

They may register for a full-semester course on the first day of the semester or for a dynamic course on the day the class starts.

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